When we buy our paint colours at the art supply shop we take it for granted that the contents of each colour come from remarkably diverse sources. Burnt wood, pregnant beetles, semi-precious stones, metals....it's no wonder that some strange behaviours may manifest with some of these colours!!

 

Here are 6 strange behaviours that are worth taking note of in your pigments. 

 

6 More Wacky Behaviours of Pigments as provided by Winsor +…

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Contemporary Bench

Enrique Morales, the name behind Vancouver’s Madera Fina Furniture, creates beautiful furnishings that combine rustic, un-edited nature with smooth, refined furniture designs. Residing in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Enrique has access to the expansive woods of the area for inspiration. As a craftsman he is entire self-taught, and I can see a clear sense of play and exploration in his pieces.

 


Live Edge Black…

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Sudanese, oil on canvas

Grace-Anne Piano came to art after a previous career in engineering and business. Her whimsical murals and powerful paintings can be found in a variety of public and private spaces.

 


Untitled wall mural

Grace’s style produces colourful paintings, full of movement themselves, as well as sculptural and large-scale public installations – for example, a parade float. There is something about Grace’s work that I find…

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I recently had the opportunity to read my illustrated book to a group of people in Vancouver at a fancy little book shop called The Paper Hound. Here are some tips for promoting your illustrated book by engaging the public.

 

1. I was late : ) Don't be late - but don't arrive too early as this can make you feel a little flustered if you get a little nervous about public speaking. The best option is to arrive 30 minutes before and…

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Our Studio Sunday this week focuses on Mark Rothko, one of the big names in American abstract expressionism in the mid 20th century. Rothko is known for his large monochromatic paintings, a couple of which are seen here.

 

The above photo is of Rothko’s studio on 69th street in New York, in 1964. The paintings pictured are a series of large-scale monochromatic murals that were commissioned for the Rothko Chapel. In his studio,…

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Grain(s), documentation of live performance

Tanya Lukin Linklater is an artist who uses text, choreography and performance to address both personal and social concepts. Tanya often employs two or more of the aforementioned disciplines in a single piece, resulting in multilayered performances that are both aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking.

 


Slow Scrape, site-specific installation

Tanya’s choreography in the pieces where she…

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Convergence 1, acrylic on canvas

Skai Fowler is based in Vancouver, British Columbia but her art exhibits internationally. Her paintings combine powerful, almost monochromatic planes of colour with smaller shapes and thin, spider-like dark lines, creating an effect that I find slightly reminiscent of the works of Kandinsky.

 


Salmon River, acrylic on canvas

Skai’s works are abstract however it is clear that she draws inspiration from…

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Clear tar gel is an interesting medium that you can use when working with acrylic paint. When you go to the art supply shop and see that wall of mediums in uniform containers it's pretty hard to imagine that they are all so different. Sneaky mediums !

 

1. Clear tar gel is whitish when wet but dries clear, a property to many acrylic mediums.

 

2. This medium also self-levels, it levels out after being applied.

 
3. It has a glossy…

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How epic are these?! These colour saturated paintings by Jordan Kasey have a strongly sculptural tone and I am inspired by their intensity. To me they feel very "close-up" perhaps because of how the forms absolutely dominate the negative space. The colour in these works is positively luminous and the bright colours contrast each other perfectly. I often like to fill background spaces in my own works but here I am in love with these…

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Fruit with Blue Parrot, oil on canvas

 

Timothy Innamorato is an artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who uses a vibrant palette and deeply layered images to create his colourful, dreamlike paintings. I enjoy the range of imagery and style that Timothy employs, and the wonderful amount of variety that this creates in his body of work. While he often uses a technique of partial abstraction – occasionally overlaying representational images…

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Feelings...#47, oil on canvas, Liana Moonie

Today we are featuring not a single artist, but an organization of them.  The National Association of Women Artists (Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.) is only one chapter of an organization that was started in 1889 by five women who were unjustly barred from participation in important but extremely male-dominated art societies at the time.

 


Enchanted, oil on linen, Lully Schwartz

I think it’s very…

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